LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) -The first half belonged to Vanderbilt, but the second half was Kentucky’s. After trailing at the half, 30-28, UK cranked up its defense. The Wildcats held the Commodores to 17 second- half points and went on to beat Vandy 56 to 47.
The Commodores led by as many as twelve points in the first twenty minutes and looked as if they were in the hunt to spring a major upset. But UK freshman, Ashton Hagans was quite a sparkplug after halftime. He spear-headed the defense as the Wildcats were able to build a working margin. Hagans scored on a layup to boost the Cats to a five point advantage at 35-30. Minutes later, Hagans' quick hands got a steal, then the freshman finished the play with slam that gave his team a seven point cushion. That spurt put Kentucky in command for good.
The Wildcats were led in scoring by Hagans and fellow freshman, Keldon Johnson who both totaled 15 points. Wildcat freshman Immanuel Quickley contributed a dozen points as UK improved to 12 and 3. Vandy, 9 and 6 on the season, had only one scorer in double figures as Aaron Nesmith tallied 11 points.
Next up for UK , on Tuesday night they’ll head to Athens, Georgia to face the Georgia Bulldogs.